Although many people use their fireplaces regularly as a way to combat the cold Colorado winters, few of us truly understand the anatomy of our chimney systems. While components like the firebox or flue are important, there is one chimney part that is responsible for protecting the rest of the fireplace system – the chimney cap.
Benefits of a capped chimney
When it comes to protecting the overall health of your chimney system, nothing is more important than having a quality chimney cap. Whether it is made of aluminum, copper, or stainless steel, chimney caps play a vital role in maintaining the overall health of your fireplace system. Below are some of the ways in which a chimney cap protects your chimney system.
- Animal entry: Birds, roof rats, raccoons, and other animals are often eager to take up shelter in an uncapped chimney. In addition to damaging to damaging the flue, animal entry can also expose your family to insects or disease. Chimney caps, however, feature mesh sides that let smoke and gas out while preventing even the smallest of animals from getting in.
- Moisture: Whether it comes from rain, ice, or snow, water can cause serious damage to both the interior and exterior of your chimney system. A properly fitted and correctly installed chimney cap protects your chimney by keeping water out of the flue while allowing it to flow away from the chimney structure and safely onto the roof. This protects the masonry inside – and outside – the chimney.
Chimney cap options
Whether your home doesn’t currently have a chimney cap or your existing cap is damaged or needs to be replaced, Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney can help you find the right chimney cap for your home. We are proud to carry HomeSaver chimney caps and believe that create the best chimney caps in the fireplace industry.
One of the main benefits of choosing a HomeSaver chimney cap is that they have quality caps for nearly style of fireplace and chimney. Whether your need a chase cover for a prefabricated chimney or have a solid pack or relined flue, HomeSaver has the right chimney cap for you. The quality and style – as well as the warranty – of the HomeSaver chimney caps have made them a favorite with our customers for over 15 years.
Does my top mounted damper need a chimney cap?
Top mounted dampers are one of the newest innovations in the fireplace industry. As this type of damper continues to gain popularity, many homeowners are confused as to whether or not their new top mounted damper will require a chimney cap. In short – no.
Because of the location of the top mounted damper, when closed it acts in place of a chimney cap. As the damper is only opened when the fireplace is in use, the design and rise of warm air and smoke prevent water, animals, and debris from entering the chimney. Attempting to have a chimney cap installed over a top mounting damper would prevent the damper from being able to open.
A quality chimney cap is an important part of maintaining your entire fireplace system. If your chimney cap needs to be repaired or replaced, contact Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney today to learn about what the HomeSaver chimney caps can do to benefit your home!